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Journeys : Oct Nov 2010
22 October / November 2010 Looking for a new car? Ex-Tasmanian Government vehicles, most about two years old with 40,000km RACT Roadworthy Inspection with each vehicle (includes pre-registration certificate) Viewings and fixed price on Saturdays from 9am-2pm or Mondays from 8am Auctions every Tuesday at 11am 56 Sunderland Street, Derwent Park 6548C Buy with confidence at Pickles Auctions www.ract.com.au Life on the move Darren Moody He says Peugeot 3008 Until now my only recent contact with the French brand has been the regular ‘Rampant Frog’ newsletter the local French car club sends me. Before that it was 20 plus years ago, taking a spanner to 504s in the workshop, so it was with some anticipation I collected the keys for the 3008. I was presented with a base spec model using the 1.6l turbo diesel engine mated to a six-speed transmission that isn’t an automatic or direct shift box – but you don’t have to change gears! The engine produces 80kW at 4000rpm and 240Nm at 1750rpm. I managed 6.2L/100km. The front seating positions were more like a cockpit than car and a high centre console gave the feeling there was less space than there actually was. The centre console was so enormous you could hide a small dog in there – great for storage, but the lid lifted towards the driver making it very hard to get down inside to find your stored items. A higher SUV type seating position ensures external vision to the front and sides is excellent, standard rear- parking sensors are a must. Once behind the wheel, a few things were familiar – steering wheel, accelerator, brake pedal, speedo – but that was it. I had to resort to the manual to work a few things out, even then a couple remained a mystery, including resetting the trip computer. The 3008 cruised the highways with a minimum of fuss. Passengers were well- insulated from engine and road noise and the car certainly has a solid build feel with the doors giving that all-important Moody thud. The Lake Highway proved a worthy challenge and showcased a good handling package. Cornering was quite flat and only when really pushed was there any tendency to understeer. On the gravel section, my colleague and I felt quite uncomfortable with the behaviour of the rear end on a couple of sections with a very loose surface. Although this is in the compact SUV categor y it doesn’t offer all-wheel-dr ive, although it does have ‘Grip Control ’ available on the manual and EGC (Electronic Gearbox Control) models. Finally, the transmission! Technically I could write a page on this, but I’ll try and sum it up brief ly. Mechanically, the transmission is a manual gearbox. It is fitted with some ver y smart electronics that provide a robotised clutch engagement and gearshifts. Gearshifts can also be activated by steering wheel-mounted paddles, but clutch engagement is still robotised. On the highway the transmission wasn’t an issue, but I became increasingly fr ustrated with how long it took to change gears and its lack of ability to find the right gear when turning slowly into uphill streets. There’s much to like about the 3008, but I’d suggest you try the fully-automatic and manual models before making your buy ing decision.
Aug Sep 2010